Great performances of Stjernen and Team Norge
Andreas Stjernen won the FIS Grand Prix in Courchevel. His teammate Phillip Sjoeen came in second and secured the double victory for Norway.
Tom Hilde completed the outstanding team result for the Norwegians in fourth. Stjernen, third in the qualification earlier today, showed the longest jump of the day with 132.5 m in the first round and jumped on 126 m in the final. With a total of 375.5 points he came in 1.2 points ahead of Phillip Sjoeen, who jumped on 130.5 m twice.
Premiere on the podium
For both Norwegians this was the first podium result in a Grand Prix competition. Winner Andreas Stjernen said afterwards: "It was my first win on this level. My jumps are getting better and better. I will not go to Japan, I'll train at home instead and take part in national competitions." Second-placed Phillip Sjoeen was also happy about his performance: "Of course I'm very satisfied. Unfortunately I had many falls in the previous competitions but today it was fantastic. I will also go to Japan."
The third place went to the winner of the qualification, Kamil Stoch. The overall World Cup winner and Olympic Champion posted jumps on 121.5 m and 126.5 m for 371.2 points. With this performance he prevented a triple win for Norway and finished 0.5 points ahead of Tom Hilde.
"I'm very satisfied with today's result because two days ago I didn't know if I would be able to compete today due to a muscle injury. Of course it was an advantage that I won the qualification, so I had a bit of a bonus", he told. Veteran Tom Hilde jumped on 131 m and 127.5 m.
Hayboeck best Austrian
In absence of Gregor Schlierenzauer, who caught a cold and had to return home early from Courchevel, Michael Hayboeck was the best Austrian in fifth. With jumps on 131.5 m and 123 m he scored 363.7 points, 1.7 points more than the best German Andreas Wellinger. Hayboeck's teammate Stefan Kraft was seventh with 359.3 points, Slovenia's top jumper Peter Prevc followed in eighth, 1.5 points behind. Czech Roman Koudelka (355.8 points) in ninth and Daniel-Andre Tande (351.6 points) of Norway completed the Top 10. Behind Robert Kranjec and Daniel Wenig, Junshiro Kobayashi was once again the best of the Japanese, with Anders Fannemel in 15th a fifth Norwegian achieved a top result.
First competition this summer for Neumayer
German veteran Michael Neumayer came in 17th in his first Grand Prix competition this summer and will also be on the German team for Hakuba (JPN) next week. Simon Ammann finished 19th, Sami Niemi was the best Finn in 20th, his teammate Anssi Koivuranta was 22nd.
In the overall ranking of the Grand Prix, today's winner Andreas Stjernen and Peter Prevc now share the lead with 168 points. Piotr Zyla, who failed to qualify for the final in Courchevel, is third with 164 points.